Come on kids, get close to nature this half-term at Lorton Meadows in Weymouth

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This half term, children are invited to come and experience nature up-close with fun events including Wildlife Detectives and I Love Wildlife. In addition to the usual programme of family events at Lorton Meadows reserve, this half term the community conservation officers are introducing a brand new activity for unaccompanied eight to 11 year olds – Wildlife Detectives.

Young people will be able to use stealth and skill to discover the creatures lurking at Lorton, and become a Wildlife Detective.

Sam Dallimore, community conservation officer said: “Spring is just starting to make its presence felt on the reserve and it’s a great time of year to get outdoors – whatever the weather. “We’ll be exploring the reserve, in all its muddy glory, mixing smelly cocktails, (which we won’t be drinking!) and we’ll also be getting creative with natural art and burning off some energy with wildlife games. “We’d love to see you if you’re aged eight to 11 – just meet the Lorton Conservation Centre at 10.30am on Thursday – and don’t forget your wellies.”

On Wednesday, the Mini Nature Reserves’ event will give younger children the opportunity to explore the woods and meadows and create a mini nature reserve to take home. On Friday, Caterpillar Kids Boggarts of the Wild Woods will be exploring the woods, making boggarts for the trees and wood elf puppets to take home.

If you would like to join in the events, please phone 01305 816546 to book a place to avoid disappointment.

For more information please visit the website on dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/ lorton_meadows_reserve

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